published Thursday, April 11th, 2013

'Children's Hour' opens at Theatre Centre

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    Laura Maynard, seated, Kelly Pennell, standing left, and Ashley McKoy play the central roles in "The Children's Hour."
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A hateful lie told by an angry student at an all-girls boarding school irrevocably tarnishes the reputation of the two women who run it, leading to the destruction of their careers, relationships and lives.

"The Children's Hour," a 1934 play by Lillian Hellman, opens Friday, April 12, at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. A reception at 7 p.m. precedes the curtain at 8 p.m. Performances continue through April 28.

In central roles are Laura Maynard as student Mary Tilford, Kelly Pennell and Ashley McKoy as headmistresses Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. George Quick is directing.

Tickets are $30 on opening night, $25 for all other performances. To purchase, call 423-267-8534 or visit


Friday, April 12: Opening night reception at 7 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13: 8 p.m. curtain.

Thursday, April 18: 7 p.m. curtain, real-time captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.

Friday, April 19: 8 p.m. curtain, talk-back with director and cast after performance.

Saturday, April 20: No performance; instead, reading of Bryan Family Foundation Award for Drama play, "Bethany," at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21: 2:30 p.m. curtain.

Thursday, April 25: 7 p.m. curtain.

Friday, April 26: 8 p.m. curtain, with complimentary drinks and snacks for Girls Night Out at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 27: 8 p.m. curtain.

Sunday, April 28: 2:30 p.m. curtain.

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